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Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Pale AleSierra Nevada Pale Ale

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8,704 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,704
Reviews: 2,691
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 129
Gots: 899 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Generous quantities of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor.

37 IBU

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-05-2001)
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Photo of nasty15108
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

This is a classic American Micro-Brew. This ale was poured from the classic brown 12oz bottle into a glass.

A - The ale poured a golden amber color, with a thin head of white foam. Lots of carbonation and lacing.

S - Hoppy and fruity with hints of flowers.

T - Crisp, light and refreshing with lots of hoppy punch in the finish.

MF/D - Clean and refreshing taste. Lots of bubbles and pleanty of dry flavor. A classic American Pale Ale. One of the best out there. If you haven't tried this classic, get out there and find one.

nasty15108, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of TheBronze
3/5  rDev -25.7%

TheBronze, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of uustal
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Faint citrus hop taste upfront followed by a sweet, refreshing malt and the hops come back around for the finish to complete the cycle. The malts are top notch and makes the beer. Incredibly well balanced, drinkable and well done. A classic American Pale Ale

uustal, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Allurex
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Allurex, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of mquinn919
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

mquinn919, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of DioS
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of ninner00
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

ninner00, Feb 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

2neardead, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Durb777, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

Moose90, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

prock180, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of BeerBob
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

All aboard for the hops flavor train!

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is exuding floral hops form the nose, from the palate, and after taste, and maybe into the after life.

Pours a golden amber from a 12oz bottle. Carbonation is fair, and leaves one to wonder what it would be like if the cap weren't a twist off.

The next time I drink this Beer, I’m going to do a roast duck with an orange sauce, the two should pair up eminently.

Aromatics abound from Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and you will be bound to try this marvelous brew again.

BeerBob, Jul 16, 2002
Photo of velosuds
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date, but coded printing on label.

A-Pours a golden amber with a one finger, off-white head with average retention and modest lacing.

S-Piney and citrusy hops.

T-Too bitter for an APA, but the malt presence became more noticeable as it warmed.

M-Very smooth but not quite enough malt presence.

D-A good APA, somewhat overrated in my opinion. Very easy drinking. Definitely improves as it warms, but I like to drink APAs cold and in large gulps to quench thirst on a hot summer day. Doesn't quite do it for me.

velosuds, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of jskennedy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

This is definitely one of the classic american ales on the market, and I was glad to find a six-pack hidden on the shelf of my local supermarket. The pour revealed a nice amber/dark golden color. There was a thin head that disappeared after about a minute, but a nice lace remained until the last sip. The smell was a crisp, sharp one with some nice fruity(citrus??) hops. The first taste revealed more of those hops and a pleasant bitter taste that receded quickly and left a nice dry aftertaste. Overall a very good brew that I would recommend to anyone!

GreatPondBrewer, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of mnrider
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

1 pint 8oz. brown bottle

A: Pours a semi clear golden orange color with a nice fluffy head. Great sticky lacing.

S: Strong hops and citric fruits with other grains.

T/M: So smooth and creamy. Hops stand tall with a citric semi fruity taste. Good blend of sweetness and bitterness. Overall greatly balanced, nice body and fine tasting brew.

D: One of the best APA's out. Surprised I haven't reviewed it yet, since I've been drinking it for awhile now.


mnrider, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Orange-yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly.
Smell is equal parts malts and hops. Some very fainat citrus.
Taste is hops up front, with the malts coming out from underneith. Faint bitterness comes near the end. More faint light fruits.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light, with a clean finish.
Great drinkability on this one. Another good beer to "session."

Parrotbeak, Apr 04, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

teraflx, Feb 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

ronin926, Jun 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

chefbigjon, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

ChrisinRI, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of juju7
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

Finally got a hold of one of these. A little hard to come by round these parts. Happy to say it lived up to the hype. Soft grapefruity, citrus nose with lovely itching bitterness that fills the mouth. A sturdy caramel malt backbone as well in perfect balance with the hop flavours. Carbonation, malt, hops, bitterness all in line. Wish it was more available(and cheaper).

juju7, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -1%

sabitu, Mar 21, 2012
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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